Saint Peter's: The Story of Saint Peter's Basilica In Rome - Italy
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member manchanegra
N 41° 54.140 E 012° 27.435
33T E 289086 N 4642058
Quick Description: The Papal Basilica of Saint Peter officially known in Italian as Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano and commonly known as St. Peter's Basilica, is a Late Renaissance church located within the Vatican City.
Location: Vatican City State
Date Posted: 11/18/2011 3:37:10 PM
Waymark Code: WMD4PW
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:
The Papal Basilica of Saint Peter officially known in Italian as Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano and commonly known as St. Peter's Basilica, is a Late Renaissance church located within the Vatican City. St. Peter's Basilica has the largest interior of any Christian church in the world. It is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic sites. It has been described as "holding a unique position in the Christian world" and as "the greatest of all churches of Christendom".

In Catholic tradition, the basilica is the burial site of its namesake Saint Peter, who was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus and, according to tradition, first Bishop of Rome and therefore first in the line of the papal succession. Tradition and some historical evidence hold that Saint Peter's tomb is directly below the altar of the basilica. For this reason, many Popes have been interred at St. Peter's since the Early Christian period. There has been a church on this site since the 4th century. Construction of the present basilica, over the old Constantinian basilica, began on 18 April 1506 and was completed on 18 November 1626.

St. Peter's is famous as a place of pilgrimage, for its liturgical functions and for its historical associations. It is associated with the papacy, with the Counter-reformation and with numerous artists, most significantly Michelangelo. As a work of architecture, it is regarded as the greatest building of its age. Contrary to popular misconception, Saint Peter's is not a cathedral, as it is not the seat of a bishop. It is properly termed a papal basilica. The Basilica of St. John Lateran is the cathedral church of Rome ranked above all Christian Churches.

From Wikipedia

The Book "Saint Peter's: The Story of Saint Peter's Basilica In Rome" is about the architectural story of Saint Peter Basilica andthe Histories that happened there.
It was published by LITTLE, BROWN & COMPANY in 1967 (so there´s no ISBN Number yet. Only an Amazon code).

Amazon link: (visit link)
ISBN Number: B0000BSAEG

Author(s): James Lees-Milne

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